Built by Pharaoh Sneferu, the Bent Pyramid was the first true pyramid, as opposed to a step pyramid. Its unusual angle probably results from a necessary last-minute adjustment to the angle.
Step Pyramid of Djoser
The Step Pyramid at Djoser is the oldest stone pyramid in Egypt and an important development in Ancient Egyptian architecture. Its architect, Imhotep, was later deified.
Designed by I. M. Pei, this striking glass pyramid provides a visual focal point for the Louvre Museum courtyard as well as a modern underground entrance.
The late-Classic Maya site of Uxmal was built before the 10th century AD and is one of the most complex and harmonious expressions of Puuc architecture.
The Red or North Pyramid in Dahshur is the third largest pyramid in Egypt. It belonged to the Fourth Dynasty Pharaoh Sneferu, father of Khufu, who built the Great Pyramid of Giza.
Great Pyramid of Cholula
The largest ancient structure in Mexico, this pyramid is now covered in grass and topped with a church.
Mexico City, Mexico
Constructed primarily around 300 CE, this astonishing collection of pyramids was believed to be the center of creation. The massive stone pyramids are laid out according to astronomical alignments.
Great Pyramid of Khufu
The Great Pyramid of Khufu at Giza is the largest single building ever constructed. Originally 479 ft (146 m) in height, it still stands at an awe-inspiring 449 ft (137 m).
Pyramid of the Sun
One of the oldest and largest pyramids in the ancient world.
Pyramid of Caius Cestius
Inspired by Rome's conquest of Egypt in 30 BCE, this impressive Roman burial monument was constructed around 18 BCE. It rises over 36 meters high and is entirely faced in marble. In the 3rd century, the pyramid was incorporated into the Aurelian city walls.